[OSM-talk] Why OpenStreetMap is not Wikipedia
frederik at remote.org
Sat Aug 2 19:45:57 BST 2008
> For the last few months I've been wondering if OSM isn't more of a
> software project than a database.
An interesting aspect.
It is very likely that none of the data we collect now will still be
used 20 years from now, because by then everything is so networked and
fully automatic and we have high resolution satellite images of
everywhere etc. etc. - will I then sit there and think it was all for
naught? Surely not, because the availability of free data *now* makes
sure that the market value of geodata goes down (makes ist more likely
that government agencies will provide them free), and also encourages
people to develop interesting techniques and software to work with that
So in a way, it is possible that the database we are creating is just a
placeholder for future free geodatabases, and will be scrapped once a
better data source becomes available. But what we (collectively) learn
and develop working with OSM is very likely to still be of value even if
our data isn't any more.
But that whole argument is a bit theoretical, I wouldn't talk like that
in public... the press will only quote the wrong parts ("Ramm: OSM
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